Quality in Study Support - QiSS

Quality in Study Support - QiSS Recognition Scheme and Kitemark    

'Raising achievement by enhancing the quality of learning outside the normal school day' - The aim of QiSS is to support schools, local authorities and other educational organisations in raising students' achievement, motivation and self esteem.

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High quality Out of Hours Learning/study support is widely recognised as being an effective tool in raising standards of pupil attainment and increasing pupil motivation.

The QiSS Recognition Scheme is an integral part of the drive to promote quality in out of hours learning/study support. It’s a national recognition scheme which provides public recognition that the standards embodied within its framework are being met. The scheme is based on self-evaluation and peer scrutiny, using key indicators set out in its newly revised Extended Learning Opportunities Framework. 

The QiSS process has been reviewed and revised. The new process still requires the same levels of quality but is more flexible and requires less paperwork.

More information about QiSS and documents relating to their self-review and recognition programme can be found on the QiSS and Study Support website.

Extending Learning Opportunities - A framework for self evaluation in Study Support
This DCSF document published in February 2010 is a revised and updated version of the QiSS Study Support Code of Practice first published in 1998 and revised in 2004.  It is a framework for self-evaluation in study support and can be used as a tool to assure the quality of the learning opportunities for children and young people outside of normal lesson time delivered as part of schools' extended services.  It provides a framework  not only for schools and clusters of schools but also for Playing for Success (PfS) centres, Higher Education Institutions and organisations such as libraries, museums and galleries, theatres and youth and community projects that offer structured learning programmes to young people, to extend and enhance their provision and so to improve their outcomes.

Organisations in Cornwall who currently hold the QiSS kitemark:

Fowey Community College
Level: Established
Date Achieved: March 2011

Penair School
Level: Emerged
Date Achieved: March 2011

Penryn College
Level: Advanced
Date Achieved: July 2010

Callington Community College
Level: Advanced (Revalidated)
Date Achieved: October 2009

Mounts Bay School
Level: Established
Date Achieved: May 2009

Brannel School
Level: Emerged
Date Achieved: May 2009

Pyramid Kernow
Level: Advanced
Date Achieved: 2008

Helston Community College
Level: Established (Revalidated)
Date Achieved: 2008

The Library Service 
Level: Established
Date Achieved: 2008

Lizard Outreach Trust
Level: Established
Date Achieved: 2007

If you are interested in using the QiSS self-review process to review your OOHL programme or participating in the recognition process, please contact Tanya on 07966 892287